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The Best Alien Movies of the '80s

Updated September 23, 2019 2.5k votes 415 voters 35.2k views40 items

List RulesVote up your favorite alien films that were released in the 1980s.

These best 1980s Alien movies are absolutely out of this world. With so many classic alien movies from the 80s to choose from, which will you vote for? Whether you're looking for 80s alien movies with epic battles or something more mysterious or charming, you'll find something you're looking for below.

A parody of George Lucas' Star WarsSpaceballs is certainly one of the most memorable (and funniest) alien movies of the 1980s. Mel Brooks had done it again with Rick Moranis and John Candy, creating one of his most epic 1980s alien films. Recite funny lines like "Lightspeed is too slow. We'll have to go right to ludicrous speed" as you quickly vote on this movie as your pick for 1980s alien movie. 

You can't vote on this list without mentioning the critically acclaimed, classic Steven Spielberg alien movie of the 80s, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. This movie skyrocketed Drew Barrymore to major child stardom, and is not only one of the greatest 1980s alien films, but one of the best movies of all time.

With so many to choose from, which amazing 80s alien movies will you rank to the top? Help shape this list by casting your votes!


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    Aliens
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    Aliens

    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Predator
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    Predator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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  • 3
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 4
    The Thing
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    Kurt Russell, Keith David

    Released1982

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 5
    Spaceballs
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    Joan Rivers, John Hurt

    Released1987

    Directed byMel Brooks

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  • 6
    Enemy Mine
    59
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    Enemy Mine

    Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett

    Released1985

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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  • 7
    The Abyss
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    Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

    Released1989

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 8
    They Live
    60
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    Roddy Piper, Keith David

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 9
    Cocoon
    51
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    Steve Guttenberg, Clint Howard

    Released1985

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • 10
    The Last Starfighter
    53
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    The Last Starfighter

    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston

    Released1984

    Directed byNick Castle

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  • 11
    Critters
    57
    29

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    Billy Zane, Dee Wallace

    Released1986

    Directed byStephen Herek

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  • 12
    Batteries Not Included
    53
    29

    Batteries Not Included

    Jessica Tandy, Luis Guzmán

    Released1987

    Directed byMatthew Robbins

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  • 13
    Flight of the Navigator
    49
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    Flight of the Navigator

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens

    Released1986

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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  • 14
    Starman
    39
    25

    Starman

    Jeff Bridges, John Carpenter

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 15
    Alien Nation
    35
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    James Caan, Terence Stamp

    Released1988

    Directed byGraham Baker

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  • 16
    The Transformers: The Movie
    18
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    Orson Welles, Judd Nelson

    Released1986

    Directed byNelson Shin

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  • 17
    Explorers
    28
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    Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix

    Released1985

    Directed byJoe Dante

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  • 18
    Killer Klowns from Outer Space
    37
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    Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    Christopher Titus, John Vernon

    Released1988

    Directed byStephen Chiodo

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  • 19
    Repo Man
    16
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    Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez

    Released1984

    Directed byAlex Cox

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  • 20
    Communion
    21
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    Christopher Walken, Andreas Katsulas

    Released1989

    Directed byPhilippe Mora

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  • 21
    Creature
    23
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    Klaus Kinski, Wendy Schaal

    Released1985

    Directed byWilliam Malone

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  • 22
    My Stepmother Is an Alien
    26
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    Alyson Hannigan, Kim Basinger

    Released1988

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

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  • 23
    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
    21
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    Released1984

    Directed byW. D. Richter

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    Mac and Me
    27
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    Jennifer Aniston, Nikki Cox

    Released1988

    Directed byStewart Raffill

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  • 25
    Lifeforce
    24
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    Lifeforce

    Patrick Stewart, Mathilda May

    Released1985

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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